November 23, 2021
As featured by Innovation News Network
Retriev Technologies president, Shane Thompson, is redefining the renewable energy future by tapping the power and potential of lithium-ion batteries.
Lithium-ion batteries are everywhere. They are in smartphones and computers, and they even fuel the invisible powerhouse we call the cloud. Lithium-ion batteries provide uninterrupted power that supports the connections we need to work and live. As demand for those connections (including smartphones) and high-tech devices (including electric vehicles) grows, the demand for the lithium-ion batteries that power them will expand exponentially. It is happening now. By the end of the decade, about half of new car sales from the big three automakers will be electric, longing for renewable energy.
What will happen to all those batteries when they near the end of their lifespan? That is a question Shane Thompson, President of Retriev Technologies, has been pondering for most of his career.
Shane’s 20 years of experience focusing on battery end-of-life management has made him one of the world’s leading experts in this rapidly evolving industry. His expertise includes environmental sales for Inco Ltd (now Vale), one of the world’s leading nickel mining companies, driving US policy and regulations related to battery recycling – and later leading the commercial/operations team, during his time at Call2Recycle. He has also held roles for commercial leadership at leading North American battery recyclers KBI/Retriev and Battery Solutions and advising clients through his consulting firm, Verdant Holdings Ltd., on recycling nickel and other energy metals and materials (including rare earths) and the industrial and commercial products of which they are essential ingredients.